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It's a National Geographic Fin-tastic Grand Prize Pack Giveaway!

**I received a complimentary copy of these books for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

The Ultimate Book of Sharks (ages 9-12, hardcover, $19.99) by internationally acclaimed marine photographer and National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry is an underwater adventure like no other.  With exclusive photographs and personal insight from Skerry, this book takes the reader below the surface and into the minds of these spectacular predators.  Beyond the feared fins and terrifying teeth, readers will learn what its like to swim with these amazing fish, how they live, what they eat, their superhero-like senses and better understand why these graceful, confident, perfectly sculpted predators are also vulnerable animals that we need to protect.  

National Geographic Readers: Sharks! (ages 5-8, paperback, $4.99) - He’s quick. He’s silent. He has five rows of deadly teeth. Chomp! Meet the shark—the fish who ruled the deep before dinosaurs roamed the Earth! This leveled reader is for kids who are starting to read independenelly, are ready for more complex vocabulary and who love sharks!  Like all books in NatIonal Geographic Kids reader series, this title was developed in consultation with early education experts and are written to maximize interest and achieve reading success. 

Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean (ages 4-8, hardcover, $14.95 ) - An adorable animal reference that includes the sea's high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures. More than 100 charming animal photos illustrate the profiles, with facts about the creatures' sizes, diets, homes, and more. This book will quickly become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, and any other time.

Extreme Ocean: Amazing Animals, High-Tech Gear, Record-Breaking Depths and Much More by National Geographic Explorer Sylvia A. Earle (ages 8-12, paperback, $12.99)  An action-packed combination of science and adventure, famed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle leads readers on an in-depth tour of life beneath the waves. Come face-to-face with whales and sharks, learn about the newest and most hi-tech ocean gear and gadgets, experiment with hands-on activities, and join Earle as she recounts her most daring dives. Packed with fascinating tidbits, animal profiles, and up-to-date science, each chapter combines stunning photography with fun, accessible text. Perfect for curious kids, ocean lovers, young explorers, and the classroom. Extreme Ocean reveals the mystery, majesty, danger, and — above all --the importance of our ocean.

So Cool! Sharks (ages 3-7, hardcover, $6.99 ) - Sharks are among the world's top predators, but that's just ONE reason why they are SO COOL. So who wouldn't want to hang out with them to learn more! These books blend awesome animal photos with silly quips and info that will delight young readers and animal enthusiasts. For example, kids can catch the hunting habits of a great white shark while learning that its true nature is as chill as a frozen fish stick. This is the perfect little reader to get their brain buzzing and keep them laughing during their downtime.  

Sharks, sharks, everywhere!

From baby sharks to beach gear to shark week... it seems like sharks truly are everywhere. Kids and adults alike just cannot get enough of these fascinating and sometimes scary creatures! Sound like a kid in your home? If so, National Geographic Kids has a great variety of books to add to your collection. We were recently sent a set to try out for ourselves.

First up, The Ultimate Book of Sharks. This book--- as the name suggests--- really IS the ultimate book about sharks. It is packed full with interesting facts about these underwater creatures. Kids and grown ups alike are sure to learn something new about the wide varieties of shark species out there. With stunning imagery and fun facts, this is definitely a must for the ultimate shark fan.

Next up, National Geographic Readers: Sharks! Now, while this one has a good bit of information for a small book, it's definitely not as comprehensive as the previous. It is however perfect for those early readers to read all on their own. It is a level 2 reader. We personally love this type of book because I can know right away if my daughter will be able to tackle this without help!

Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean is up next and is a great addition to your collection for those younger kids (4-8 or so). This book covers not just sharks, but a wide variety of ocean topics as well. These Little Kids books still offer a ton of information, but are a little better suited for younger kids as far as what they can understand.

Extreme Ocean: Amazing Animals, High-Tech Gear, Record-Breaking Depths and Much More is another fantastic read. This is another that covers sharks and other interesting animals in addition to other extreme underwater topics. This one really appealed to my 12 year old more than many of the others.

And finally, So Cool! Sharks. This one is the shortest and easiest of the shark books--- perfect for both early readers and pre-readers as well. It doesn't have as much information packed in... but it might just be the most fun of the bunch. We couldn't get enough of seeing what the shark had to say on each page with it's fun voice/thought bubbles.

In my house, National Geographic Kids books never fail to be a favorite. The kids love them because they are fun--- the images inside are large and eye-catching, really helping to captivate their minds. The facts includes are often fun and unusual so it actually makes learning much more fun for them. That to me is the most important thing--- seeing them learn. These books are a great way to learn more about sharks and other ocean adventures. While we enjoy them just because, I could certainly see these being a great addition to classrooms or homeschool curriculum as well. We simply cannot get enough. 

 * A must-watch video featuring National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry, photographing tiger sharks!: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/books/ultimate-book-of-sharks/
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Andone very lucky reader is going to win a “Fin-tastic Grand Prize Pack" which consists of all 5 titles listed above (total ARV $60).  U.S. only.


  1. My nephew would love these books. They are entertaining and educational.

  2. My grandson loves reading about sharks. This would be an ideal prize to win for him.


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